University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lewis, Dixon H., 1802-1848
Title: Lewis, Dixon H., Papers
Dates: 1833-1865
Abstract: Photostats of correspondence, legal documents, maps, a muster roll, and miscellaneous documents, the Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865, document the personal life, finances, and political career of Alabaman politician Dixon H. Lewis.
Extent: 3 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Politician Dixon H. Lewis (1802-1848) graduated from South Carolina College in 1820, and then moved to Autauga County, Alabama where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823. He practiced law in Montgomery and was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives from 1826 to 1828. In 1829, Lewis was elected to the U. S. House of Representative as a States Rights Democrat a position he held until 1844. Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick then appointed Lewis to a vacant Senate seat, which he held until his death in 1848. Lewis is best known as the heaviest member in Congressional history, weighing as much as 500 pounds.

Source:

LEWIS, Dixon Hall, (1802-1848). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 7, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Photostats of correspondence, legal documents, maps, a muster roll, and miscellaneous documents, the Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865, document the personal life, finances, and political career of Alabaman politician Dixon H. Lewis. Letters chronicle Lewis’ business dealings, requests from constituents for jobs and recommendations, and political issues. Deeds and patents of Lewis compose the legal documents, while assorted other papers include a map of Virginia, a muster roll of his son’s Civil War unit, and a copy of W. L. Yancey’s “Address to the People of Alabama.”


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lewis, Dixon Hall, 1802-1848 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. Senate
United States. Congress. House of Representatives
Subjects
Statesmen -- Alabama
Places
Alabama -- Politics and government -- To 1865
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E359 Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865
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2R76 Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865
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2R78 Dixon H. Lewis Papers, 1833-1865